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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library has an extensive collection of original manuscripts from the American Revolutionary War era. The letters and documents were drafted by John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, James Otis, Joseph Warren, George Washington and other important Revolutionary War figures. The materials are mostly of American origin, but also include British, European, and West Indian sources. Some of the topics covered include the war’s political origins, the unfolding of military and naval c...



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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Peirce, Abijah; Davis, Isaac, 1745-1775; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topics: Concord, Battle of, Concord, Mass., 1775, Minutemen (Militia)
Dated: June 16, 1776
Topic: Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Clarke, Richard, 1711-1795; Winslow, Isaac, 1709-1777 recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Ocean travel
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Green, Ezra, 1746-1847; Gilman, Nathaniel, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Money
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Huntington, Ebenezer, 1754-1834; Heath, William, 1737-1814; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Prisoners of war
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Edes, Benjamin, 1732-1803; Fisher, Jabez; Watson, Abraham, 1728-1781; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Certifies that a sum of money was received from Jabez Fisher for work done
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Burbeck, Edward, 1723-; Barber, Nathaniel, 1728-1787, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Sears, Barnabas; Billings, Samuel; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Putnam, Rufus, 1738-1824; Blaney, Aaron, 1745-1824, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Pitts, Peter; Blaney, Aaron, 1745-1824, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Eustis, William, 1753-1825; Hunt, William, 1749-; Pettee, Simon; Bisco, Josiah; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Bailey, Adams, 1748-; Blaney, Aaron, 1745-1824; Thomas, John, 1724-1776; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Town, Salem; Blaney, Aaron, 1745-1824, recipient; Healey, Nathaniel; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Brown, Ezekiel; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topics: Parker, Moses, 1731-1775, Bunker Hill, Battle of, Boston, Mass., 1775
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Bollan, William, d. 1776; Bowdoin, James, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Boston Massacre, 1770
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Parsons, Theophilus, 1750-1813; Washington, George, 1732-1799; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topics: Church, Benjamin, 1734-1778, Spies
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Ward, Joseph, 1737-1812; Mifflin, Thomas; Harris, Stephen; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by North Carolina. Provincial Congress; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Cushing, John, 1741-1812; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Boston (Mass.). Treasury Dept; Jeffries, David, Town Treasurer; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Dated: Boston, Mar. 17, 1779 through Sep. 9, 1780
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806; Hancock, John, 1737-1793 recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Dated: Saratoga, Oct. 12, 1777
Topic: Saratoga Campaign, N.Y., 1777
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Seagrave, Edward, 1722-1793; Blaney, Aaron, 1745-1824, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Smith, William Stephens, 1755-1816; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Dated: Oct. 21, 1778
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Moors, Joseph, 1738-1820; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Tupper, Benjamin; Blaney, Aaron, 1745-1824, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Cobb, Samuel; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Cheever, David, 1722-1815; Gardner, Henry, 1731-1782, recipient; Kingsberry, Benjamin; Pitts, John, 1737-1815; Lothrop, Isaac, 1735-1808; Barrett, James, 1710-1779; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Reading (Mass.). Citizens; Eaton, Jonathan; Massachusetts. Militia; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topics: Blankets, Requisitions, Military
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by How, Lemuel; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topics: Warren, Joseph, 1741-1775, Howard, John, 1726-1790
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Donnison, William, 1757?-1834; Hancock, John, 1737-1793 recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, 1742-1817; Beverley, Algernon Percy, Earl of, 1750-1830, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Military camps
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Adams, Amos, 1728-1775; Fleet, Thomas, 1732-1797, recipient; Fleet, John, 1734-1806, recipient; Winslow, Isaac, 1709-1777; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Massachusetts. Council
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Avery, Nathaniel; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: United States. Continental Army. Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 6th (1776-1783)
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Massachusetts. General Court. House of Representatives; Warren, James, 1726-1808; Morton, Perez, 1751-1837; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topics: Suffolk County (Mass.). Jail, Plymouth County (Mass.) Jail, Prisoners, Prisoners
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Hannum, Gideon; Woodbridge, Ruggles, 1733-; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Bearce, Ebenezer; Blaney, Aaron, 1745-1824, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Gerrish, Jacob, 1738-1817; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Row, John, 1737-1800; Cheever, Ezekiel, 1734-1806; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Bridge, Ebenezer, 1744-1814
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Febiger, Christian, 1746-1796; Foster, Thomas Wait, 1748-; Warner, Captain; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Barber, Francis, 1750-1783; Dayton, Elias, 1737-1807; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Andrews, William
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Massachusetts. Militia. Regiment, 2nd (Middlesex County). b Company, 4th; Bancroft, James; Reed, Colonel, recipient; Richardson, Thomas; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Dated: Reading, Dec. 1, 1776
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Warren, Joseph, 1741-1775; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Perkins, Nathaniel, 1715-1799
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Trowbridge, Edmund, 1709-1793; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topics: Child, Edward, Massachusetts. Superior Court of Judicature, Roads
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Jackson, Hall, 1739-1797; Long, Pierse, 1739-1789; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Dated: Portsmouth, Sept. 15, 1777
Topics: Fitzgerald, Morris, Mrs, United States
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Henley, Samuel, 1740-1815; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: College of William and Mary
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Neison, Samuel; Crocker, John, 1722-1815; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Medway (Mass.) Citizens; Adams, Jonathan, b. 1737; Adams, Eleazer, b. 1720; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Boston Port Bill, 1774
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Proctor, Edward, Lieutenant Colonel; Jeffries, David, Town Treasurer. recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Clark, William, Dr
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Cheever, David, 1722-1815; Gardner, Henry, 1731-1782, recipient; Read, Seth, 1745-; Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810; Pitts, John, 1737-1815; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by L'Enfant, Pierre Charles, 1754-1825; Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von, 1730-1794, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Bald eagle
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Burt, Gideon; Blaney, Aaron, 1745-1824, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Read, Seth, 1745-; Barber, Nathaniel, 1728-1787; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Whipple, Job, 1753-1838; Putnam, Enoch; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Egery, Daniel; Blaney, Aaron, 1745-1824, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Holograph, signed by Daniel, Egery, Capt
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Sale, John; Henley, David, 1749-1823; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Dated: Boston, Dec. 13, 1777
Topic: United States. Continental Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Boston (Mass.). Citizens; Clarke, Richard, 1711-1795; Powell, William; Boston (Mass.). Selectmen, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Boston Tea Party, Boston, Mass., 1773
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Foster, Dwight, 1757-1823; Gardner, Henry, 1731-1782; Sedgwick, Theodore, 1746-1813; Massachusetts. General Court; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Dated: Brookfield, June 17, 1780
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Gay, Martin, b. 1726; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Knox, Henry, 1750-1806; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Massachusetts. Committee of Safety; Palmer, Joseph, 1716-1788; White, Benjamin, ca. 1724-1794; Putnam, Israel, 1718-1790; Ward, Jonathan, Colonel; Gerrish, Samuel; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Holograph, signed by Benjamin White, chairman
Topic: Bunker Hill, Battle of, Boston, Mass., 1775
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Phillips, William, 1731?-1781; Heath, William, 1737-1814 recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Dated: Cambridge, May 6, 1778
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Kilton, Samuel; Foster, Thomas Wait, 1746-; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Wooster, David, 1711-1777; McNeill, Hector, 1728-1785, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Treason
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Essex County (Mass.) Constitutional Convention; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Dated: Ipswich, Apr. 15-29, 1778
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Furbush, Charles, 1736-1795; Cheever, Ezekiel, 1734-1806; Bridge, Ebenezer, 1744-1814.; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Gaselee, John; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topics: Naval history, genealogy
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Washington, George, 1732-1799
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Lane, George; Thomas, John, 1724-1776, recipient; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Cochrane, William, Major; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Tennant, Jean Baptiste; Pu?aski, Kazimierz, 1747-1779; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: United States. Continental Army. Pulaski Legion
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Massachusetts. General Court. Committee of Inspection; Clarke, Elijah, 1733-1799; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Holograph, signed by Elijah Clarke
Topic: Prices
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Brooks, John, 1752-1825; Barber, Nathaniel, 1728-1787, recipient; Bridge, Ebenezer, 1744-1814; Hartshorn, Thomas, 1742-1819; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Gurney, Eilsha; Thomas, John, 1724-1776; Dyer, Christopher; Clapp, Colonel; Hersey, Jacob; Cower, Josiah; Lovel, Silas; Turner, Joshua; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Badlam, Stephen, 1748-1815; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Gridley, Richard, ca. 1710-1796
American Revolutionary War Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library
by Harris, Josiah, 1747-1811; Boston Public Library. American Revolutionary War Manuscripts Collection
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Topic: Gardner, Thomas, 1724-1775